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Analysis and modeling of optical crosstalk in InP-based Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode FPAs
Author(s): Quan Chau; Xudong Jiang; Mark A. Itzler; Mark Entwistle; Brian Piccione; Mark Owens; Krystyna Slomkowski
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Paper Abstract

Optical crosstalk is a major factor limiting the performance of Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode (GmAPD) focal plane arrays (FPAs). This is especially true for arrays with increased pixel density and broader spectral operation. We have performed extensive experimental and theoretical investigations on the crosstalk effects in InP-based GmAPD FPAs for both 1.06-μm and 1.55-μm applications. Mechanisms responsible for intrinsic dark counts are Poisson processes, and their inter-arrival time distribution is an exponential function. In FPAs, intrinsic dark counts and cross talk events coexist, and the inter-arrival time distribution deviates from purely exponential behavior. From both experimental data and computer simulations, we show the dependence of this deviation on the crosstalk probability. The spatial characteristics of crosstalk are also demonstrated. From the temporal and spatial distribution of crosstalk, an efficient algorithm to identify and quantify crosstalk is introduced.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2015
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9492, Advanced Photon Counting Techniques IX, 94920O (13 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2177082
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Quan Chau, Princeton Lightwave, Inc. (United States)
Xudong Jiang, Princeton Lightwave, Inc. (United States)
Mark A. Itzler, Princeton Lightwave, Inc. (United States)
Mark Entwistle, Princeton Lightwave, Inc. (United States)
Brian Piccione, Princeton Lightwave, Inc. (United States)
Mark Owens, Princeton Lightwave, Inc. (United States)
Krystyna Slomkowski, Princeton Lightwave, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9492:
Advanced Photon Counting Techniques IX
Mark A. Itzler; Joe C. Campbell, Editor(s)

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